Latest research has revealed that while the Charity Commission offers clear guidance around safeguarding and background checks, many of those responsible for vetting employees in the sector feel they risk operating in a silo.
According to the Sterling analysis (which included conversations with recruitment screening professionals from across multiple not-for-profit organisations), some expressed concerns that they have little to no connection with other experts in this field with whom they can share challenges or discuss best practice when it comes to carrying out right to work checks and other crucial employment screening activity.
Sterling is urging screening professionals to seek out expert advice in order to reduce the risks of hiring the wrong person.
Steve Smith, managing director of Sterling EMEA, commented, “The growth of insider fraud in the charity sector is concerning to say the least. Given the great work that not-for-profits do for global communities and those in need, it’s disheartening to know that there are some individuals who would take advantage of these organisations and drain vital funds. However, it is possible to mitigate much of the risks by conducting the right checks on potential employees. Given that so many of those responsible for vetting staff in the charity arena feel as if they are working in silos, it’s perhaps no surprise that how candidates are screened is, in many instances, ad hoc or sporadic.
“As fraudsters become more sophisticated, charities themselves also need to be armed to protect their funds, and ultimately their brand from the likes of insider fraud.”
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